Universal acclaim - based on 72 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 71 out of 72
  2. Negative: 0 out of 72
  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Feb 16, 2018
    From a great story to a difficult fight, from a beautifully created world to an excellent multiplayer, Divinity: Original Sin II is a unique game offering an unforgettable experience. Despite some mistakes, another RPG giant was born. [Issue#279]
  2. Nov 9, 2017
    Old-school charm with modern mechanics makes for one of the best RPG experiences in ages.
  3. Oct 17, 2017
    You may be able to relate to that period in life when every minute of your life circles around a single game. For us this autumn, Divinity Original Sin 2 is that game. Easily one of the finest moments in the genre.
  4. Oct 3, 2017
    From a great story to a difficult fighting, from a world of fantasy to an excellent multiplayer, Divinity: Original Sin II is a unique game offering an unforgettable experience. Despite some mistakes, another giant of an RPG genre was born.
  5. Sep 28, 2017
    One of the best computer role-playing games ever, with such a level of complexity and flexibility it’s difficult to believe it exists, let alone that it could ever be bettered.
  6. Sep 28, 2017
    Divinity: Original Sin 2 is a vast, masterfully crafted RPG, brimming with creativity. The hunt for divinity is a stunning journey, traversing enormous areas, packed with fascinating content. Larian Studios' newest epic will go down in history as a modern classic.
  7. Sep 28, 2017
    Divinity: Original Sin II is the best game I have played this millennium.
  8. Sep 27, 2017
    Divinity: Original Sin 2 is raw and savage, and it’s easily one of the best RPGs we’ve played this year.
  9. Sep 26, 2017
    From lonely farmhouses through pitched battles with gods in far-flung dimensions, Divinity: Original Sin II is one of the most captivating role-playing games ever made. Its immaculately conceived and emotion-wrought fantasy world, topped by brilliant tactical combat, make it one of the finest games of the year thus far, and it has to be regarded as an instant classic in the pantheon of RPG greats.
  10. Sep 24, 2017
    Divinity: Original Sin 2 is simply the pinnacle of the CRPG genre. It offers a campaign with memorable characters, interesting role-playing options, and excellent systemic combat. The environments are beautiful and the soundtrack is solid. That alone would put it at the top of the heap, but then Larian added offline and online coop, a PVP arena mode, and Game Master mode, the greatest throwback to the Dungeons & Dragons pen-and-paper games that underpin the entire genre. I might have small issues here and there, but Divinity: Original Sin 2 is one of the best in a strong year for gaming.
  11. Sep 22, 2017
    With its rich story, compelling characters, and wealth of different ways to approach any situation, Divinity: Original Sin 2 is a title that plants its flag in the tactical RPG genre and stands heads and tails above its competitors. Requiring plenty of patience to learn the game mechanics and to absorb the immense amount of story thrown at the player; this title may not be for everyone but if you’re willing to invest the time this title is one that will be played over and over for years to come.
  12. Sep 21, 2017
    Divinity: Original Sin 2 is a polished, well-designed RPG, and through its phenomenal mechanics, astounding art, sound design and fantastic writing, it is sure to revolutionize the modern RPG genre.
  13. Sep 19, 2017
    Divinity: Original Sin II is not only a contender for best game of 2017, but one of the best RPGs ever created. The game could easily take a hundred hours to complete and the interplay between the well-constructed story, gameplay mechanics and player freedom creates a world I could see myself revisiting with different parties just to watch the story unfold differently. Simply put, Divinity: Original Sin II is truly divine.
  14. Oct 19, 2017
    Divinity Original Sin 2 delivers a true old school experience that reinforces the notion that classic CRPG games are back in fashion. With a deep and imaginative combat system and an overarching story, you will find immersed in a detailed world filled with hundreds hours of exploration and NPC talking with vast amounts of replayability.
  15. Oct 9, 2017
    Larian Studios takes the RPG genre to the next level again. A masterpiece in which the only limit is your imagination.
  16. Sep 28, 2017
    Larian Studios has created a true masterpiece and a game that challenges other great titles for the crown of the RPG genre. Divinity: Original Sin II is everything that a role game should aim for.
  17. Sep 27, 2017
    The best thing about Divinity: Original Sin 2 is that the game amazes you until the very end. Larian Studios has managed to set a new standard for modern CRPGs.
  18. Sep 24, 2017
    Stop whatever it is you’re doing right now, and go play this game. Divinity: Original Sin 2 is a definitive game-of-the-year contender, and one of the best RPGs to be released this entire decade.
  19. Sep 21, 2017
    Divinity: Original Sin 2 takes what the last game did, and juices it up to levels beyond what the doctor recommends. By maximizing its strengths, and finding new ways to improve on weaknesses, it knocks down barriers and locked doors alike in a power move to rush towards one of my favorite games of the year. Though it does have its flaws in the form of small technical glitches, and one really annoying one where sometimes my characters would stop moving as a party unless I manually did it myself, this is an imperfect gem that manages even in imperfection to put some of my favorite RPGs to shame. Well done Larian Studios, well done!
  20. Sep 18, 2017
    Divinity: Original Sin II is one of the greatest PC RPGs of all time, and Larian’s continued dedication to creating incredible freeform adventures inspired by tabletop lineage is inspiring and commendable. A few bugs and frustrating encounters are small prices to pay for a lavish ensemble of the genre’s best and a one-of-a-kind experience.
  21. Oct 2, 2017
    One of the best story-driven CRPGs of late and the year has not been shy of them.
  22. Oct 2, 2017
    Improving the first Original Sin has probably been a difficult task, but Larian delivers with a game that shows their confidence and mastery of the genre. A true jewel, not without flaws, but an indisputable reference.
  23. Oct 2, 2017
    I honestly can’t express in such a limited space how amazingly good Divinity: Original Sin 2 truly is. From the astonishing amount of replayability it provides to the gorgeously detailed world you and your party will inhabit to the awesome and though-provoking combat and so so much more, DOS2 is a game that you do not want to miss. With over 60 hours in, I only want more, I’m mourning the inevitable end of this play through and I’m already planning my next adventure. I will not soon forget Rivellon. If you love RPGs, if you love excellence in game design, if you appreciate a great story, then Divinity: Original Sin 2 is a must have.
  24. Sep 29, 2017
    It's hard to find a game with little to no flaws, but Larian Studios proved that, sometimes, it happens. With excellent story and characters, smart writing and masterfully crafted gameplay enhanced by the multiplayer modes, Divinity: Original Sin 2 truly deserves a place among the best cRPGs ever released.
  25. Sep 21, 2017
    Divinity: Original Sin 2 may have been designed in the spirit of decades-old RPGs like Baldur’s Gate 2, but that legacy serves only as a foundation for the expansive game Larian has built on top of it. Few other RPGs allow such a wide range of flexibility while also supporting rewarding combat and a powerful story, all in a world that feels alive in the ways it reacts to you and goes about its business without you. It's a rare RPG that I’ll want to play through again and again, driven by the feeling that so many fascinating and surprising paths remain undiscovered, some of which might lead to different outcomes for the NPCs I’ve grown to care about – even the rats. When that happens, you're experiencing something worth remembering, and Divinity: Original Sin 2 will be remembered as one of the greats.
  26. Mar 1, 2018
    If Divinity: Original Sin 2 had only been an enormous single-player RPG, it would still be far better than most of what you could compare it to. The fact that it has such well-implemented co-op and a user-friendly game master mode gives it a tremendous amount of value at a time where such a thing can feel like a rarity. Even if you never touch all of its various components, you'll still be left with a role-playing game that exemplifies the best aspects of its genre.
  27. Jan 1, 2018
    A fantastic story, great characters, awesome music and voice acting, entertaining yet engaging battle system – all these contribute to making Divinity: Original Sin 2 one of the best CRPGs of all time and definitely the best game on PC in 2017.
  28. Nov 27, 2017
    I don’t like to be hyperbolic, but Larian’s semi-rebooted Divinity series really does make every other RPG in existence look like child’s play. And while Original Sin II has in no way been dumbed down, it’s a slower enough drip that I’d easily recommend this to first-timers over its predecessor. Its scope and depth may be intimidating, but however many months it may take the average gamer to complete Original Sin II, it’s worth every second.
  29. Oct 21, 2017
    This is what a CRPG should be. The first game has proven this, but the second does it even better.
  30. Oct 18, 2017
    Epic, beautiful, clever, melodic, riveting game. Right now, it has just a few small (hopefully temporary) flaws, and absolutely no rivals on the horizon.
  31. Oct 14, 2017
    Larian Studios created the flagship of modern computer RPGs and a genuine classic. Divinity: Original Sin 2 is a true must-buy for every RPG fan.
  32. Oct 13, 2017
    An absolute masterpiece, an RPG game that people will be talking about for decades to come.
  33. Oct 12, 2017
    Larian managed to deliver one of the best RPGs of this decade.
  34. Oct 5, 2017
    Freedom of choice is a wonderful thing, and this game has it in abundance. In a way, it saddens me to think that I have likely already missed numerous small-yet-endearing side quests; that I’ve passed characters by without ever knowing the stories they have to tell. This game is magical, and magically intense – it is an experience that has been passionately and painstakingly realised by developer Larian. How to sum it all up? I’ll (finally) be succinct and simply say this: Divinity: Original Sin 2 is one of the best RPGs I have ever played.
  35. Oct 2, 2017
    Divinity: Original Sin II is like a fine wine. It demands patience, a proper attitude and some taste. If you're willing to spend time and really sink into the story you'll have one of the best RPG experiences in recent years. Original Sin II offers true role playing - ways to develop your character and his/her story are numerous. Great RPG.
  36. Sep 29, 2017
    Divinity: Original Sin II is most likely the game of the year with an enormous amount of very good content, awesome graphics and class leading combats. One of the best RPG games ever.
  37. Sep 29, 2017
    No game has captured the nuance of pen-and-paper RPG quite like Divinity: Original Sin 2. Every moment is filled with meaningful choice with real consequences, and every character has a story to tell. In an RPG landscape where dialogue options are dumbed down, and quests have become package delivery to a specific map coordinate, Divinity: Original Sin 2 stands out as one of the best RPGs I’ve played in a decade...maybe even longer than that.
  38. Sep 27, 2017
    Divinity Original Sin 2 is a master class in what RPGs should be. Amazing writing and detail paired with astounding freedom. A must play for RPG fans.
  39. Sep 25, 2017
    Divinity: Original Sin II is the perfect definition of freedom in the role-playing genre. What Larian Studios has achieved here exceeds all expectations. It’s inspired by the classics, but it wants to innovate. It picks up elements from the original, but improves on them and expands them. Few RPGs can carry their acronym more proudly than the game we have here.
  40. Divinity: Original Sin II, is one of the best RPG games I have ever played. It has an amazing atmosphere and wonderful mechanics. Larian Studios has once again shown us who is the boss here.
  41. Sep 25, 2017
    This is undoubtedly a watershed, a title with which - from now on - every role play will have to face. An immense and complete title.
  42. Sep 15, 2017
    Divinity: Original Sin II is the best sequel can you imagine. It offers a lot more than the previous chapter, in every sense. It probably is one of the best CRPG ever made.
  43. Sep 26, 2017
    Divinity: Original Sin 2 is a game for connoisseurs and patient people. The great and atmospheric world is worth exploring. I spent almost 100 hours in Rivellon, but the game would have had a lot of potential for a twice as long stay.
  44. Sep 22, 2017
    I cannot remember the last time a game has grabbed me so much from the first moment. A glorious role-playing experience, which offers incomparably many liberties and is full of content and possibilities. Must-buy.
  45. Nov 8, 2017
    Divinity: Original Sin 2 was over a hundred hours of pure RPG bliss. Memorable from start to finish, I'm somehow unaware of where the time went. My Steam account could have reported half the time I actually spent, and I wouldn't have questioned it for one second. Odd how people gauge the quality of something based on length of time committed and felt. Divinity 2 won't be a title I soon forget, if ever. While I am most certainly done with the experience for now, I have no question that the community has already begun working on some fantastic mods and campaigns. I smell spiritual successors in the near future. Regardless of what the future holds, the present is good, because I've experienced Larian Studios' epic, and I'm all the better for it.
  46. Oct 6, 2017
    Divinity: Original Sin 2 gets further than most of the RPGs nowadays. Larian Studios has created a complex narrative-driven game with intuitive and smooth gameplay.
  47. Sep 26, 2017
    A true masterpiece. It takes everything that made the first game great and then adds to it, making it even better.
  48. Sep 21, 2017
    Divinity: Original Sin 2 is a sprawling, inventive adventure and one of the best RPGs ever made.
  49. Jan 22, 2018
    For those looking to get into cRPGs, and even for those just searching for a great RPG, Divinity: Original Sin II is heartily recommended. It has all the virtues that fans of the subgenre have extolled and wraps them up in a way that is much friendlier to newcomers than every other title I've tried. Combine that with fantastic writing, a highly engaging combat system, and great design, and you have another standout RPG in a year packed full of them.
  50. Nov 29, 2017
    Larian studios has yet to make a bad game, and Divinity: Original Sin 2 is among their finest. As a sequel to such a beloved RPG, it gets about as much right as you can reasonably expect. The game doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it doesn’t have to when you consider how much its predecessor already got right. It does have its issues – the frame rate could be higher and if you play the game for 50+ hours, there is a good chance that you will get a little worn out from the combat. These issues are easy to overlook though, enough to make the game a must have for fans of PC RPGs.
  51. games(TM)
    Nov 3, 2017
    With a bountiful cast of characters - most of which are actually worth talking to - plenty of solutions available to every problem you face and a cheeky, knowing sense of humour riddling the entire experience, Divinity: Original Sin II comes as nothing other than wholeheartedly recommended. If it's too hard, play it on an easier difficulty. If it's to boring, ignore the conversations and just get into fights all the time. If it's too long, just be quicker. There's no excuse - get involved. [Issue#193, p.80]
  52. Oct 16, 2017
    Divinity: Original Sin 2 is a perfect example of how to create a sequel. It took what the first game did well and ramped it up while fixing many of the original's annoyances. The freedom here is unlike anything I have come across in a long time, and the game is better for it. There are certainly some things that still don't feel quite right, in addition to various bugs, but this is easily one of the best RPGs of modern times.
  53. Edge Magazine
    Oct 12, 2017
    It's an utterly huge, ambitious game - 100 hours MIGHT do it - but it never feels anything less than lovingly handcrafted, its every component part given the same special attention. Its individual elements, the combat, the writing, would be high points in any other game, but Divinity: Original Sin II has it all. [Dec 2017, p.116]
  54. Oct 2, 2017
    Divinity Original Sin 2 is a masterpiece of an RPG that manages to take the Baldur’s Gate inheritance and bring it to new and unexplored peaks of excellency. From combat to production values and story, everything simply shines. [Recommended]
  55. Sep 29, 2017
    Divinity: Original Sin II has such a wide scope and is such a dense, feature-rich game that it's easy to lose track of time and get completely immersed in its writing, characters, and raw inventiveness. There's a never-ending draw to see one more quest to completion, to try out one new ability or tactic in one more encounter, or to explore just one more location. Divinity: Original Sin II will relentlessly test your own creativity, demand your attention, prove your abilities, force you to question your own decisions, and overall keep giving reasons to continue playing and never lets go.
  56. Sep 26, 2017
    Divinity: Original Sin 2 is the strongest CRPG in decades, with a fascinating plot that enthrals, despite taking a while to get going and being hard as nails at times. It’s the little adventures that flesh out the world and so much of it can be missed at first glance because you didn’t have the right skill or failed a persuasion check. Massive in scope and jam packed with features that includes a GM mode that shows a surprising amount of customisation with great ease, Divinity: Original Sin 2 is a bumper package.
  57. Sep 25, 2017
    Divinity: Original Sin II is a new landmark in the RPG universe. The world is immersive and dynamic, the combat-system deep and versatile, and the narration solid and engaging. The only problem is the beginning difficulty for new players, after that you can discover one of the best gaming experiences ever.
  58. Happily, Divinity: Original Sin II successfully walks the thin line separating empowering choice and confusing chaos.
  59. 90
    With Divinity: Original Sin 2, Larian Studios creates a title that brings together the best aspects of table-top and classic roleplaying games. The graphics, along with the score and voice acting, are painstakingly detailed and are truly awe-inspiring. Every decision you make, from character creation to dialogue, will affect your experience, giving you a slightly different playthrough every time. This is not a game for the casual player, however. The sheer size of the game and the difficulty of some battles will require dozens of hours and have you loading quicksaves time and again. Divinity: Original Sin 2 is primed to be on many all-time favorites lists; few, if any, have succeeded to this degree.
  60. Sep 20, 2017
    Divinity: Original Sin 2 stands as a remarkable example of three genres: the classic roleplaying game, the online arena battler, and the tabletop-style adventure enabler. If its campaign fails to shake off some of Larian’s unfriendlier habits, those flaws are mitigated by the ways in which the studio have shaped a genre moulded by nostalgia into genuinely new forms - changing more than just the keyboard shortcuts for the better.
  61. Sep 19, 2017
    Divinity Original Sin 2 is undoubtedly one of the best RPGs we've seen in a long time. Deep, rich, varied and gorgeous are the right words to describe this game. Larian has made a true masterpiece.
  62. Sep 22, 2017
    With an absolutely gorgeous setting, deeply rich and complex character development, intelligent and tactical combat that is still user-friendly, and literally hundreds of ways to play through the game, Divinity: Original Sin 2 is an absolute must-have for fans of fantasy RPGs.
  63. 88
    If you can look past some balancing issues in the combat system, or a storyline that is not too captivating, you'll find that Divinity: Original Sin 2 is an excellent RPG, that basically does everything right, and offers what a fan of the genre could expect.
  64. Oct 2, 2017
    There is an overdose of top-notch cRPG content to be found within Divinity: Original Sin 2, with a deep, dense, slightly verbose adventure that almost completely fixes the failings of its predecessor, and has some great features like online and local co-op for the entire game.
  65. Sep 29, 2017
    Open, creative, epic... Divinity: Original Sin 2 is a beast of a roleplaying game that shows its strengths in its battle system with its deep tactical implications and chain reactions as well as with its intelligent puzzles, the deep narrative and the beautiful visuals.
  66. CD-Action
    Dec 19, 2017
    Although I can imagine a better game, more open and consistent, I don’t regret any of dozens of hours I spent in the deep, rich and beautiful world of Original Sin II. [12/2017, p.32]
  67. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Nov 7, 2017
    Despite its shortcomings, Original Sin 2 is still a game worth playing, because no other RPG on the market is as comprehensive when it comes to exploration, action and roleplaying options. Sure, the sequel falls short of our expectations – but it’s still miles ahead of its competition. [Issue#224, p.38]
  68. Games Master UK
    Oct 5, 2017
    There's so much life in the RPG genre, and Original Sin II absolutely crackles with its energy. [Nov 2017, p.74]
  69. 80
    Divinity: Original Sin II refines, expands, or reimagines nearly all of its features, creating a complex, rewarding adventure with powerful multiplayer capabilities.
  70. Oct 3, 2017
    Fantastic writing and voice acting abound in the deep, fantastical world of Divinity: Original Sin 2. Despite some massive difficulty spikes, its gameplay is incredibly rewarding and great fun.
  71. Sep 19, 2017
    This is a great game for RPG fans to get their teeth into: over 20 hours in, you’ll notice the story only just starts gaining traction, and you may only just start getting familiar with the game’s myriad systems. The game is unforgiving, often mercilessly so, but if you have the patience to penetrate the density and crack open the core gameplay, there’s such a wealth of well-written RPG content, it’s impossible not to recommend.
  72. Oct 13, 2017
    Divinity: Original Sin 2 has an abundance of things to see and do, a staggering amount of secrets to unearth and plenty of tricks up its sleeve. Yet almost every cool moment I experienced sits shoulder-to-shoulder with an equally weighted disappointment. Ambitious and impressive as it often is, it’s ultimately a collection of incredibly pretty beads that just don’t string together as well as they should.
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  1. Sep 22, 2017
    A CRPG of unparalleled breadth and dynamism, Original Sin 2 is Larian's masterpiece. [Essential]
  2. Sep 26, 2017
    It is, on so many levels, an incredible achievement, packed with enough heart, intelligence, and confidence to sustain ten lesser games. It’s a testament to its form, even as it’s held back by it in places. It still feels premature to declare Original Sin 2 an all-time classic, as some have, but I imagine plenty of future games will borrow ideas from it. It’ll be a crying shame if they don’t.
  3. From its origin stories to its brief emergent narratives, few games let you take part in better tales than this one. [RPS Recommended]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 2390 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Sep 14, 2017
    A Masterpiece...

    A bold way to start a review, but think of the best RPG you have ever played, and then think of the best developers to
    A Masterpiece...

    A bold way to start a review, but think of the best RPG you have ever played, and then think of the best developers to back it up. Larian is humble, open, and inspired and they have poured those feelings and skills into this game.

    To be honest, when playing through early access the only think I felt was missing was Voice acting. I understood of course the challenge that would be required to do it right and I respected the fact that Larian had at least considered it. Without requesting more money or making excuses, they made if feasible, did it in secret, and released it as a gift.

    DOS2 has fantastic graphics, fantastic story, amazing mechanics, and challenges to the player to think through puzzles and mysteries. Its not handed on a silver platter, but each and every choice is made rewarding. You can literally play through this game billions of different ways.

    To top it off, you can play 4 player COOP. I have always wanted an amazing RPG with drop in and out coop and DOS EE was great for that. Now DOS2 has made it even better.

    In summary, props to Larian and i truly recommend you give DOS 2 a shot.
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  2. Sep 15, 2017
    Another overrated isometric rpg that tries to cash in on nostalgia. The original was a very mediocre game. It was very slow, with a stupid andAnother overrated isometric rpg that tries to cash in on nostalgia. The original was a very mediocre game. It was very slow, with a stupid and boring story, and combat which was tedious and grindy. The sequel fixes nothing except better graphics and some better writting.

    This game appeals to a vocal minority of neckbeard nerds who think the apex of rpg gaming is what they played when they were teens. Thankfuly this niche is shrinking so games like these will dissappear eventually.

    If you want a good rpg, play Witcher 3. Avoid this unless you want to waste your life on reliving your childhood.
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  3. Dec 17, 2017
    I'm been a fan of the RPG genre for a few decades now and though this game is beautiful with some fun additions to those type of game, I can'tI'm been a fan of the RPG genre for a few decades now and though this game is beautiful with some fun additions to those type of game, I can't agree with the often-heard declaration of this game being the best RPG of all time. In fact, I have quite a few issues with this game.
    But first I'll start with what I liked. The environment is beautiful and fun to explore. Exploration and the discovery of secrets was the best part of the game for me. The unique characters provided are fun and interesting and each has unique skills that make basic remedial task of the game easier. Like the skeleton being able to switch to any race or the lizard being able to dig up treasure. The dialog trees are deep and thorough and involve many skills and abilities to advance in dialog which is cool. The voice acting is also great and adds to the believability of these characters. Your max party size is 4, and with 6 total unique characters each play through will be different.
    Speaking of party size, I found the max size small compared to type of opposition you will face in the game. I though it would increase over the game but after 50 hours of play, it did not. You will nearly always be fighting enemies far numerous than you and most will also be of an equivalent or higher level. The old trick of doing every extra mission to advanced further in experience by later levels didn’t seem to work very well in this game. At least that’s what I noticed by level 8 or 9. Even enemies of equal levels have far more hit points and armor than any of your character could have at a similar level. Well, it seems I’ve moved into the bad territory so here goes…
    The major problem I have with this game is the main problem I had with X-Com 2. It takes a game that should mostly be tactical and destroys any tactics you might have. Think you can take your fighter tank to pin down a couple melee fighters so your range attacker can shoot from afar? Nope. Every enemy has some type of teleportation effect that can move to your archer or magic user unimpeded. Even by level 3. It’s funny because I mention classes but there are not really any major class differences in this game. Every character can multi-class so every fighter can use range attacks, area of attacks, teleport and so on. When everyone is special no one is special. Bu-bye classes.
    The addition of destructible and dynamic battlefields is, at first, genius but it is taken way too far in this game. I liked how the game made use of seemingly trivial elemental effects, like rain and fog to change the battlefield. But when barrels of fire and oil are literally everywhere on the map (like in the middle of a forest), and every single range spell also has an area of effect, the battlefield gets littered with so much damage-over-time debris that each character can’t take a step without taking more damage. It’s pretty laughable at times. I guess that’s why there are so many teleport abilities, especially for enemies.
    This game doesn’t start out on level 1 and work to 20. It starts out at level 10 and calls it level 1 or 2. You are almost immediately introduced to resurrection scrolls and a way to craft them. That’s how often party members will be dying so there really is no penalty for it. A party member death should be a big deal in a game so devoted to story like this but it is treated as trivial and common place. Also, most spells do large amounts of area damage over time. Long gone are the days of level 1 magic missile being simple direct damage.
    You can screw up a build so bad for a character that they are almost unplayable. That’s why respecs are free by the end of the first act. A sign of poor design, in my opinion. Also, a sign of poor design is that a character can have just one ability that makes them as powerful as a team of 4. That’s so a couple buddies can play online and feel uber powerful without a full party needed. Makes me think this game is geared more for the multiplayer experienced instead of single player.
    Because this game has instant heal outside of battle with the bedrolls, battle difficulty is ramped to 100 to make things interesting. But that means they are excessively long and drawn out when same level enemies are far better equipped than you. And this is my biggest complaint with the game. The battles are so lengthy that you will need to dedicate hundreds and hundreds of hours to complete this game. That might be fine for some people. I just didn’t find myself liking this game enough to punish myself for that long.
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